Tommy's Story: Fellowship recipient

Tommy's Story: Fellowship recipient

Dr. Tommy Alain, the very first research Fellow funded by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada through the William Donald Nash Brain Tumour Research Fellowship, believes that more effective treatments are needed for patients diagnosed with brain tumours. And who are we to argue? 

“My project was to study two anti-cancer therapies with great potential against malignant gliomas,” says Dr. Alain. “We uncovered a potentially valuable biomarker, which provided the stepping-stones in understanding the mechanisms by which synergy occurs between mTOR inhibitors and oncolytic viruses to eliminate brain tumours.”

Dr. Alain sought to share his work within the research community during his Fellowship. He presented his findings internationally, participated in additional studies, published his findings, and fostered collaborations with members of the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium. Citing teamwork as a vital component in the fight against brain tumours, Dr. Alain believes that “collaboration is the key to making progress in research and new treatments!”
 
This year, Dr. Alain is one of five Canadian researchers awarded funds by Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to further investigate the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of brain tumours. In his new line of research, titled 'Characterization of a New Pharmaco-Viral Approach for the Treatment of Brain Cancer', Dr. Alain and his team at CHEO RI seek to follow in the footsteps of the Nash Fellowship: “We have discovered a kinase inhibitor not previously known to increase viral infection, and we believe that understanding this process will provide valuable insight for the development of HSV1-based anti-cancer therapeutics,” says Dr. Alain. “My goal is to find something new that could impact treatments in the future, and improve quality of life for brain tumour patients.”
 
“Thank you! The William Donald Nash Fellowship has had a great impact on my career,” says Dr. Alain. “It allowed me to pursue my research in the area of brain tumours, which I am now continuing as an independent investigator.”
Thank you Dr. Alain for all that you have done, and continue to do, to find the cause of and a cure for brain tumours! Together we will end brain tumours!

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